Press Release

Minister Lenihan opens new development at James Connolly Memorial Hospital and announces details regarding the naming of the hospital and new hospital wing

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan T.D., today (20 Jan 05) officially opened the new hospital development at James Connolly Memorial Hospital Blanchardstown and also announced details regarding the naming of the hospital and new hospital wing.

Building work on the site commenced in October 2000 and a phased opening of this new facility began when the Coronary Care and Cardiac Unit, Therapeutic Psychiatry of Old Age Unit, Day Hospital and the Rheumatology Service transferred into this new building in September 2003.

The Accident and Emergency Department, new Surgical Block,  and the Critical Care Unit and Operating Theatres have all now also transferred to the new development. Commenting today the Minister stated – “ I am confident that the new facilities here at the hospital will radically improve the quality of service and infrastructure for patients and staff here both in the immediate future and in the years to come.”

The Minister also outlined details of future developments at the hospital, including plans for –

  • 10 additional day beds in the Day Surgery Unit bringing the total number of day beds to 24;
  • A High Dependency Unit which will ensure the optimum use of ICU beds and improve the potential for elective admissions; The refurbishment of surgical blocks A, B and C. that will house a 28-bed acute geriatric ward, a 28-bed rehabilitation service for older persons and a Day Hospital.
  • The provision of a High Dependency Unit will ensure the optimum use of ICU beds and improve the potential for elective admissions.
  • A new Acute Psychiatric Unit, 56-bed unit comprising 44 acute psychiatric beds, six high observation beds and six psychiatry of old age beds.

The Minister also announced the intention to re name the hospital and the new hospital wing – Speaking today the Minister said – “ I believe that the time is right to change the name of the hospital so that we can visibly mark the momentous changes that have taken place here over the last half century while also recognising the proud heritage of the hospital and remembering the contribution of all the staff who have worked here throughout the years.”

Our intention is therefore to rename the hospital as  –  “Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown”.  In addition we intend to name the new wing of the hospital as the – “Noel Browne Wing”.

“ I consider that it is particularly appropriate that we name the new wing of this hospital in the memory of Dr. Noel Browne, considering that the hospital opened in 1955 as a Specialist Chest Hospital for the treatment of patients with Tuberculosis (TB), and recognising and remembering the pioneering work that Dr. Browne carried out in order to try to eradicate TB in Ireland in the 1950’s.’’

In conclusion the Minister paid tribute to the management and staff of the hospital for their work in assisting the development of the hospital and for their on going provision of high quality health services.

Minister’s speech